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Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach

Basic Function

Under the direction of the Associate Vice President & Director of Athletics, the Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach has the responsibility of administrating the sport in the best interest of the University, in concurrence with the policies and regulations approved by the Board of Trustees and the practices of the college administration. The Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach should be familiar with conference, region and NAIA rules and regulations.

II.       Responsibilities and Authority

Within the limits imposed by the college and NAIA policies, regulations, and limitations, each coach is responsible for and has commensurate authority to accomplish the duties set forth below:

1.         Directly responsible to the Associate VP & Director of Athletics

2.         Delegates responsibilities to assistants and/or team managers

3.         Prepares the budget for the men’s lacrosse program 

4.         Demonstrates interest in/aptitude for:

  • Good sportsmanship-win or lose
  • Maintains poise/self-control at all times
  • Teaches team to play hard but fairly
  • Good host to visiting teams/coaches/spectators
  • Disciplines, and when necessary, dismisses players who disregard good sportsmanship and team policies
  • Respects the officials’ judgment/interpretation of the rules. If interpretation appeal is necessary, follows appropriate procedures

5.         Organizes and conducts practice sessions

6.         Works with Associate VP / Director of Athletics on team travel details as necessary

7.         Makes appropriate reservations for vehicles, hotel, and food service in advance

8.         Orders equipment/supplies following proper procedures

9.         Responsible for an inventory of college-owned equipment and uniforms

10.       Responsible for issuance/retrieval of equipment/uniforms from players

11.       Responsible for all aspects of recruiting student-athletes to the men’s lacrosse program

12.       Recommends scholarships for prospective men’s lacrosse student-athletes with the approval of the Associate VP / Director of Athletics

13.       Develops professionally by attending clinics, workshops and reading within field

14.       Assists student-athletes in completing necessary documentation (scholarship awards, Admissions, Financial Aid, etc.)

15.       Works with the Associate AD – Media & Communications in regards to team publicity (photos, video streaming, gameday management, social media, etc.)

16.       Works with the Associate VP / Director of Athletics and other staff members when scheduling and completing game contracts

17.       Recommends student-athletes for awards, special honors, and committees

18.       Furnishes team roster to department’s administrative assistant for eligibility checks by Records Office

19.       Works with the Athletic Training staff as needed

20.       Responsible for the conduct of student-athletes on all MBU-sanctioned trips

22.       Responsible for Spartan Field being game-ready and sees that all lacrosse-specific equipment is operational

23.       Monitors academic progress of student-athletes

24.       Assists in assigning student-athletes to Drug Abuse course

25.       Sends a list of traveling team members to the Assistant to the Associate VP / Director of Athletics 72 hours prior to trip if flying

26.       Submits purchase order requests for the following items:

  • Food and lodging, entry fees, recruiting expenses, officials, equipment and supplies, other items approved by Associate VP / Director of Athletics

27.       Submits expense reports and all receipts to the Assistant Director of Athletic Operations within 72 hours (3 days) following expenditure of college funds.  No cash advances will be made until previous cash advance has been cleared

28.       Maintains accurate records for men’s lacrosse for posterity (statistical and special honors/awards)

29.       Accepts the responsibility to know current NAIA and KCAC rules and policies 

30.       Makes certain that all athletes have passed a medical examination and have completed all forms regarding insurance prior to the start of practice and competition

31.       Advises team members to adhere to behavioral expectations; individual coaches should handle violations and take the necessary disciplinary measures in consultation with the Associate VP / Director of Athletics

32.       Attends NAIA and KCAC meetings when necessary ; submits paperwork for All-Conference, All-Regional, All-America, Scholar-Athlete, and special award candidates

33.       Clears any fundraising activity with the Associate VP / Director of Athletics

34.       Serves as a role model to the campus community in all areas of their life

35.       Oversees the safety conditions of the facility or area in which student-athletes are present at all times

36.       Assumes responsibility for any other details of their sport or any other additional duties as assigned by the AVPDA

III.      Relationships

Associate Vice President & Director of Athletics

Each coach is directly accountable to the Athletic Director for the proper interpretation and fulfillment of his function, his specific and general responsibilities and related authority and relationships.

Other College Administrators

Each Head Coach serves with the Associate VP/ Director of Athletics. Each will maintain good cooperation with all areas of the college and will maintain those relationships necessary to the accomplishment of his function

IV.      Performance Measurement Criteria

An annual performance review is to be conducted by the AVPDA. This review will include assessment of the degree to which annual duties have been accomplished, an analysis of each Head Coach’s strengths and weaknesses based on a review of the Job Description and recent performance, and proposed personal and professional development.

V.       Minimum Requirements

Education and experience

  • Master’s degree preferred, previous experience in coaching 

Personal qualities

  •  Integrity, loyalty, energetic, positive, sportsmanlike conduct, professional demeanor, team player, self-motivated, detail oriented

Spiritual qualities

  • Personal relationship with Christ, reputation beyond reproach, embraces and articulates a Biblical world view and can apply it in the discipline, active membership in local church

Interpersonal skills

People oriented, able to motivate people, impartial, able to work with various personalities        

  •             Communication skills
  •             Articulates expectations clearly to athletes
  •             Management skills

Plans, organizes, implements, and control athletic academic guidelines and policies 

Other Desirable Qualities

  • Able to teach fundamentals and execute strategies commitment to Christian Higher Education

VI.      Application Procedure

This position is an exempt, salaried position, carrying all benefits outlined in the university’s Personnel Handbook (life, dental, health and disability insurance, a generous 403(b) retirement plan, vacation, sick leave, and college tuition remission for dependents as per school policy). Also included is compensation for clinic attendance and/or other approved functions.To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and statement of Christian Faith to Dr. Thomas Smith, Associate VP & Director of Athletics at Tom.Smith@mobap.edu